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AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990WX and 2950X Review (Page 3)

By Steven Bassiri from Aug 13, 2018 @ 8:00 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: AMD

The CPU

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We did an unboxing article a week ago and today we will do a small re-hash, but with better pictures of the cooler. The box is brand new, and inside we find a smaller box with accessories and a new CPU holder.

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Accessories include a case badge, a Ryzen sticker, an Asetek mounting bracket, and a hex wrench tool to open and close the socket to recommended weights. The tool allows you to screw the socket shut with 13.3In-lb, 15Kg-cm, or 1.5Nm. There is also a warning about updating your motherboard BIOS to support 2nd generation CPUs.

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The new CPUs sit in a much easier to open container. As a hardware reviewer, I really like this new holder since it makes it easier to store the CPU to be re-tested down the road. The CPU uses the same holder and guide as before, which makes installing the CPU super easy.

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The cooler is rated up to 250W of dissipation, uses a copper base and heat pipes, and aluminum fins. It was co-developed by Coolermaster, and it's sold separately.

Test Setup

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For the 2990WX we used a new X399 motherboard with a revamped VRM and top notch VRM cooling along with a 360mm AIO water cooler.

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We wanted to give the Wraith Ripper a go as well, and we used it for our 2950X testing. While the cooler has a 250W rating and the 2990WX is rated 250W, we wanted to give both CPUs some headroom. The spacing between the air cooler and the top GPU was tight. The addressable RGB LEDs can be controlled by software, but that software wasn't available at the time of our picture.

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